Competing in the 5G Universe: New Applications, New Consumer Benefits, New Competitive Pressure
A global race to deploy 5G networks is on, with investors, regulators, and equipment manufacturers now fully engaged. But even as the nature of 5G technology is coming into sharper focus, consumers and some policymakers are still unclear on what it is and what it will do for them. Is 5G merely a faster network? Or will its unique architecture make possible revolutionary new applications and services, pushing the mobile revolution into even higher gear? How can U.S. spectrum policy stay ahead of the country’s rapidly escalating demand for 5G capabilities?
On May 24, 2018, the Georgetown Center’s Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation led a discussion of how 5G networks will redefine competition and consumer welfare in the digital economy, and the spectrum and infrastructure policies needed to make it all a reality.
Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, moderated a panel. Discussants included:
- Jared Carlson, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, North America, Ericsson Inc.
- Jordan Crenshaw, Assistant Policy Counsel, C_TEC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Larry Downes, Project Director and Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy (slides)